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New satellite maps reveal the true destruction of the bushfires

New satellite mapping shows almost a million hectares of prime agricultural land has been damaged by the bushfires.

Private mapping consultants, Digital Agriculture Services, have carried out an initial study, comparing land use with the fire zones.

The maps show nearly 50,000 structures are within the areas that are burnt out, burning or still in danger, although it’s unclear how many of those have been destroyed.

Image: Digital Agriculture Services

The federal government has announced bushfire-affected farmers will be eligible for grants up to $75,000.

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie tells John Stanley she’s listening to industry about the best way to support recovery.

“This is going to take a long time which is why tomorrow we’ve got all the affected industries… coming to Canberra to say, ‘righto, we’ve got the immediate assistance out the door, what do we need to do commodity by commodity.'”

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